CHILDREN from five Thurrock schools took part in a day of dance, singing and theatrecraft at High House Production Park to celebrate their success in the national Artsmark programme.
On Thursday 25 May, teachers and students from seven schools in Essex and Kent that have received an Artsmark level from Arts Council England came to Purfleet to celebrate their results and share knowledge about how the arts and culture are improving their schools.
Platinum Award recipient Beacon Hill, Gold Award recipient Chadwell St. Mary Primary, and Grays Convent, Harris Academy Chafford Hundred and Treetops School, who received Silver Awards, brought teachers and children to share their learning and take part in a range of activities.
They enjoyed an operatic performance from Jette Parker Young Artist David Shipley, stretched their legs with a ballet workshop from former Royal Ballet Soloist David Pickering and got their hands dirty with Scenic Painting and Armoury workshops run by Royal Opera House professionals.
Schools in Thurrock take part in Artsmark through the Royal Opera House’s Thurrock Trailblazer programme. Thurrock is a national leader in Artsmark with the majority of Thurrock schools on an Artsmark journey. Only 2017 City of Culture Hull has a greater proportion of its schools registered with Artsmark.
Sally Manser, Head of ROH Bridge, said: “It was wonderful to welcome so many teachers and children to High House Production Park and listen to their stories about how the arts and culture are helping to reshape their schools.
“The Artsmark programme is a great way for schools to demonstrate their commitment to embedding arts and cultural learning across the whole curriculum. I warmly congratulate the schools on their successes and hope that the arts will continue to improve the lives of their pupils for years to come.”